Former Fugitive Complains about Prison Treatment

Monday, March 5th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(New Haven, Connecticut-AP) -- Former fugitive financier Martin Frankel is complaining about his prison treatment in the U-S.

Frankel is being held at a super maximum-security state prison in Somers, Connecticut, where death row and violent criminals are held. He faces racketeering and fraud charges for allegedly looting insurance companies in Oklahoma and other states.

Frankel's lawyer says Frankel has worn only a plastic gown and given only a plastic sheet for his bed. He also complains that his glasses were taken away, he has nothing to read and says he can't sleep because lights are on continuously.

A federal magistrate is urging lawyers and the U-S Marshal's office to find another prison.

Frankel is scheduled to be arraigned next Monday on the racketeering and fraud charges.